Students Among Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks

JINDO, South Korea — The parents waited in dread through the night, huddled under blankets in this South Korean port town, staring out to sea for a sign that rescuers had found any of the 281 people, many of them high school students, still missing after a ferry sank on Wednesday.

They refused to sleep in a tent set up for them, preferring to scan the horizon for helicopters returning from the rescue effort 11 miles off the country’s southwest coast. As the hours passed with little news of what may be one of South Korea’s worst peacetime disasters, they demanded information from officials who said that fierce tides were keeping divers from entering the ship, which had mostly slipped beneath the waves long before.

“Why are you not going in to save them?” one woman screamed. Another, Chung Hae-sook, the mother of a missing 16-year-old boy, echoed her rage: “There is no tomorrow for this,” she said. “My heart is turning to ashes.”

By Thursday morning, the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, which is coordinating the rescue efforts, reported that 175 passengers and crew members had been rescued. Nine people were confirmed dead, including four students, two teachers and a member of the ferry’s crew. But fears of a much higher death toll were stoked as survivors said they believed that many people had been trapped below deck. According to some who spoke to the local news media, passengers had been told to remain in their seats and may have stayed there until it was too late.

South Korea Ferry Survivors on Ordeal

Passengers rescued from the ferry that sank off South Korea described what happened on the boat and expressed worry about others on board.

“People were shouting, ‘Break the windows,’ but the water came up too quickly and many could not come outside,” Kim Seong-muk, a rescued passenger, told the television station YTN.

Survivors reported hearing a loud noise and feeling a jolt before the ship, the Sewol, began to list and sink.

Of the 462 people aboard, 325 were students from Danwon High School in Ansan, about 20 miles south of Seoul. By midnight, about 75 of the students had been rescued. They had been on an overnight voyage to Jeju, a popular resort island, where they were scheduled for a four-day field trip and sightseeing.

The students, in their second year of high school, were taking the trip as a break before their last year, when they must take difficult college entrance exams.

One of the students who made it out, Kim Tae-young, said he had seen people in the ferry’s cafeteria and in a game room on a level below him before the ship started listing.

“The water rushed in, up to my neck, and it was difficult to climb to the top of the boat because it was badly tilted,” he told News Y, a cable channel. “I saw shipping containers tossed off the ship’s deck and floating in the water. I also saw a vending machine toppled and two girls trapped under it.”

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. By nightfall, no South Korean official or analyst had raised the possibility of foul play by North Korea, which was accused of sinking a South Korean Navy ship with a torpedo in 2010, a charge the North denied.

During a brief news conference on Wednesday, Kim Young-bung, an executive at the Cheonghaejin Marine Company, which operated the ship, offered the company’s “deepest apology” but few details about what had happened.

The maritime police said they were questioning the ship’s captain, Lee Jun-seok, 69, and other surviving crew members while arranging for cranes to be sent to the scene, in the Yellow Sea, to try to lift the vessel.

The 6,825-ton ferry had been sailing from Incheon, a port west of Seoul, to Jeju, roughly 60 miles off the southern coast of South Korea, when it sent a distress signal on Wednesday morning. Video showed rescuers scaling the side of the listing ship, pulling out survivors and placing them in baskets lowered by helicopters.

YTN quoted surviving students describing a chaotic scene in which passengers tripped and bumped into one another and luggage was tossed about as the ship leaned precariously. People jumped into the water in life jackets and swam to fishing boats that had arrived near the sinking ship, they said. The passengers were wrapped in blankets and taken to shelters and hospitals in nearby ports.

In a text message shown on the station’s broadcast, a student had written, “Dad, I can’t walk out because the ship is tilted too much, and I don’t see anyone in the corridor.” It was unclear if the student survived.

On Wednesday, President Park Geun-hye declared, “We must not give up.”

Speaking at the headquarters of the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, she said, “We must do our best to rescue even one of those passengers and students who may not have escaped from the ship.”

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South Korean Coast Guard vessels searched for passengers near the Sewol, bottom right, which capsized on its way to Jeju, a resort island. More than 280 passengers were still unaccounted for.CreditYonhap, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Lee Gyeong-og, vice minister of security and public administration, said that 160 navy and coast guard divers were working at the scene, but that their operations were being hampered by rapid currents and poor underwater visibility.

Around 4 a.m. on Thursday, a Coast Guard official in Jindo told parents that divers had conducted five searches so far but were waiting for better conditions before heading back down. The sea off western South Korea has strong tides.

Of those confirmed dead, one was a 27-year-old female crew member found dead in the water and another was a male student who died at a hospital. Rescuers later found at least two more students from the Ansan school who had died.

South Korea has not had a major ferry accident in two decades. The last was in 1994, when a tourist ferry caught fire on a lake, killing 30 people. A year earlier, 292 people died when an overloaded ferry, sailing despite warnings of bad weather, sank off the country’s west coast.

On Wednesday, Mr. Lee of the security ministry declined to comment on the likelihood of finding more survivors. The ship sank in waters 104 feet deep, and the water temperature in the area was about 54 degrees Fahrenheit, cold enough to cause hypothermia after about two hours, officials said.

The ship’s departure from Incheon on Tuesday evening was delayed by two hours because of heavy fog, officials said. It was also carrying 150 cars and trucks, below its capacity of 180.

Mrs. Chung — the woman who was waiting in Jindo for news of her 16-year-old son, Park Sung-ho — said he had sent her a text message on Tuesday saying the ferry might not leave the dock, but later messaged her that it was departing and that he would return safely.

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Passengers who were rescued from the ferry huddled at a gym in the South Korean port town of Jindo on Wednesday.CreditKim Hong-Ji/Reuters

“I feel like the parents, including myself, are here waiting for our children to die,” she said.

Kim Dong-soo, a truck driver who was on the Sewol and said he frequently took the ferry to Jeju, told News Y that the ship had begun leaning sharply after it made a sharp turn to the right. It was also sailing much closer to the coast than it usually does, he said.

“I wonder why the rescuers who first got to the ship didn’t do anything about those 100 or 200 I think were trapped inside the ship,” he said. “They were just picking up those already on the top of the ship.”

The ferry, built in Japan in 1994 and operated by Cheonghaejin Marine since late 2012, could hold 920 passengers.

For the parents waiting in the morning chill in Jindo, the day had been a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Soon after the accident, the ministry had given a much lower estimate of the number of missing, an error it attributed to confusing reports from the scene.

Mrs. Chung said the school had also sent a message saying the students were all being rescued.

Her younger brother, who was keeping vigil with her, said he was “ashamed” of the government for not doing more.

“How can we trust them?” he said. “It feels like the divers are not going into the water lest they die. How can we trust the authorities if a war breaks out?”

Another relative of a missing child sounded resigned. “I don’t have much hope at this point,” said Choi Dae-gwang, whose son Choi Su-bin, 17, was missing. But “they should at least pretend to rescue people.”

 

MODERN DAY JIHAD IN NIGERIA

There is a Jihad going on in Nigeria. The stories we read about Othman Dan Fodio and all that is playing out again. The Muslim is keen to have Nigeria. It is a shame that the world is looking away from the reality. Our politicians are enjoying the trade game for selfish gains. They will be consumed by their failure to unite for national interest! Sad thing is that, when Nigeria is taken (God forbid) another nation will become the target!

KENNETH EZE

New Recomendations To Combat Insecurity In Nigeria – Brimah

 

By Dr. Peregrino Brimah

I was invited to join a team to brainstorm on the security situation in Nigeria early last year when Boko Haram had made its most dangerous advances, occupying most of Borno state, and daring to attack military barracks’. At this time, Nigeria was on the verge of losing Borno completely to the terrorists.

On May 8th, 2013, we released the article through the media, it was captioned: “Nigeria At War.” It can be recollected that at this time, the president of Nigeria was in Namibia en route to South Africa. With the events in Nigeria including the attacks of military barracks’ and the release of our important intelligence article, the Nigerian president was forced to cut short his trip and return to Nigeria. On May 14th, he declared a State of Emergency.

It can be recollected that during the days between, there was much debate in Nigeria about the need for this, with virtually every politician kicking against the declaration, advising the president not to listen to those advising it who “did not have the interest of the nation at heart,” as our push was categorized.

We still believe our analysis was correct and the state of emergency was the critical course of action at the time; however, it must be pointed out that along with the declaration of the state of emergency, we listed several other recommendations in our prescription which were either partially followed, or not followed at all. This lack of commitment to full action has at this point ended up undermining the effort.

Though long, it is necessary to quote our full eight point recommendations made last May, at a time when we had a different feeling about Nigeria and the government:

Outline Nigeria Must Commence in Full Wartime Response (May 8th, 2013)

1. State of Emergency: Nigeria must immediately declare a full state of emergency in Borno and parts of Yobe States. The governors must be retired for the time being till the situation is put under control. Over 1,600 people have been killed by Boko violence in Borno and about half this figure in Yobe, the two states at the center of the violence.

2. Full military deployment to Borno State to man the borders and coordinate search and eliminate missions into the bordering territories of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, this in concert with Nigeria’s neighbors.

3. Nigeria must immediately engage with the leaders of its North eastern neighbors. The leaders of Niger, Chad and Cameroon have been complacent in seeking out and squashing terrorists’ training camps on their terrain. The failure to take a determinate action against the terrorism brewed on their soil is related to their fear of being prey to Boko Haram. However they must recognize that such a growing threat to Nigeria will soon affect them regardless. Joint military forces must sweep the border areas linking the four countries.

4. Nigeria’s citizens in the north east must be informed to evacuate. Temporary refugee camps should be created to accommodate the families during the war against this rebellion. Borno is a war front and civilians cannot be left in the crossfire till the situation is solved. Nigerians cannot be left to live in a region being taken over by terrorist governments. Marte, Magumeri, Mobbar, Gubio, Guzamala, Abadam, Kukawa, Kaga, Nganzai and Monguno Local Government Areas have largely fallen under Boko control. Evacuating citizens will be properly registered and searched as they depart to permit full combat.

5. Mobilize the full strength of the Nigerian armed forces, Air, Land and Water. Nigeria’s air force must immediately be deployed to Borno. Jet bombers and helicopters must be recruited. The predominant land force cannot combat a superior rebel army without concordant assistance of air operations. Presently the lives of the military are being sacrificed in reckless disregard. No war of the current dimensions are fought without adequate aerial support.

6. Security overhaul including at the very least, acquisition of advanced counterinsurgency hardware and know-how should be prioritized. The national assembly should as a matter of urgency approve a supplemental budget towards this objective

(Drones, Advanced helicopters, Military jets, Armored personnel carriers) Drones: Drones like the ScanEagle can be purchased for just $100,000 a unit. Nigeria should immediately begin the process of procuring surveillance and attack drones. This is affordable and critical.

7. Sealing Nigeria’s Borders. The NewsRescue article of April 12th, fully detailed the insecurity issues of Nigeria’s borders. The current Nigerian government must immediately and aggressively secure its borders and plan long term maintenance of this measure.

8. Prisoners: Arrested Boko Haram fighters are war criminals. They must no longer be imprisoned in the vicinity. We recommend quick expedient trials and prosecutions. We also strongly recommend the transporting of all prisoners outside Nigeria to foreign prisons.

It can be seen reviewing these recommendations that the president of Nigeria and the security department only partially flowed few of them at best. We had recommended the governors be ‘retired’ for the time being. The president of Nigeria was afraid to do that, as he did not have the guts to oppose politician’s desires, even if in the interest of life. Hence he left a situation that was convoluted, with two leaderships and the ability to trade blame and deny responsibility. It was important, as we recommended that the governors were retired for the mean time, otherwise the governors and not Abuja should have been in charge of directing the military operation.

New Recommendations

The above appreciated; the time has come again for a renewal of the state of emergency. Of course, once again, the northern governors do not want this. The truth is, this time they have a point. The last state of emergency was not an actual state of emergency; there was no emergency declared in the states. It was simply states with military action and on and off curfews, which can be continued without an official declaration of the three words.

The true position today is different from last year. Very so. Today there is decreasing confidence in the government and unfortunately, also in the current military division in the north. The Joint Task Force was highly effective and worked with the people, gaining their trust and collaborating harmoniously with the Civilian-JTF. This led to remarkable success in eliminating Boko Haram considerably. However for unexplainable reasons, just as the mortal wounding of Shekau was announced August last year, with his death on August 20th, reported by Nigerian and global intelligence departments, the president of Nigeria suddenly withdrew the effective JTF and replaced them with an army division.

The army division was unable to continue the success of the JTF and was also unable to effectively partner with the Civilian-JTF and Boko Haram started forced abductions and conscriptions of more soldiers, effectively recouping. Secondary to this there has been an inevitable development of distrust in the army and the federal government. Coupled with media releases of alleged security sabotage, including pre-attack troop withdrawals and possible troop on troop ambush, the situation and our options for addressing the terror crises are drastically different and must be updated in consideration of these peculiar challenges.

Candidly, more than any other part of Nigeria that clamors for regional control, the affected parts of the northeast should be screaming for this. This is the new, undeniable recommendation for controlling Boko Haram terror. Other regions desire regionalism for resource awuf (abundance), the northeast desperately needs regional control for security and protection of the lives of its citizens if it truly cares about them.

Nigeria fails to function as a nation. We are unable to utilize our security departments and military. Our president lacks the wisdom to direct the administration and to select apt and committed defense ministers and heads of national security. Under control from Abuja, our military mission in the north will not be trusted, will be discombobulated and will not be capable of success. The Nigerian president in Namibia, this 2014, mentioned addressing Boko Haram with ‘kid gloves,’ a 4 years long, well proven deadly rebel force of several thousand fully armed combatants—with kid gloves! Amnesties are still being thrown at these killers. Abuja does not understand the problem in the northeast and avoiding saying they actually are pleased by it, we can confidently say they do not care about it.

There is also not much confidence in our northern politicians. They cannot lead the effort against Boko Haram. It is not a job for fine, manicured men. That’s apart from the governor of Adamawa, rtd. Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako. Nigeria’s north and northeast needs a warrior leader who will work with and arm locals—with the creation of an armed version of the Civilian-JTF, working with the Nigerian military under his command, to finally wipe out Boko Haram once and for all.

This local, Kanuri preferably, military commander, will be the head commander of all affairs of the state(s) for the period of this war. We should forget about our trying to address this as a modern state. We are failed. We cannot even wipe our behind, talk less organize a military response to terror.

Nigeria’s security department is yet to solve a single case of murder, talk less track 100 military uniformed marauders ravaging the middle belt or Boko Haram terrorists. Our departments fail. Our intelligence units fail even in urban combat. Hundreds of cattle are stolen in the heart of Nigeria, carted in Lorries and they cannot be found. 200 girls are stolen in four Lorries in our cities and this can be done successfully and these girls can be hidden successfully too in open forests, and not found.

Spots can exist with over 700 vehicles hidden from the sight of our armed—air forces. The truth is, either the armed forces are sabotaged or they are really not up to the task right now. Right now, our local hunters need to be employed. We need a local, traditional-smart warrior leader to direct this effort and clear out that bottomless Sambissa forest.

We need a security force in the north that can be called and depended upon by the locals; a force that will answer the calls of villages under threat without eight hour delay or responding that the village is “not in their jurisdiction.” A locally controlled defense force so that Abuja would no longer be accused or blamed of pulling out forces before massacres; and also so that maniacal Abuja cannot threaten to pull out forces to “demonstrate their value.”

As a matter of urgency, the northern governors, if they do have the interest of their people at heart and care about the life of their people—which Abuja simply does not—should decide who their warrior leader(s) will be. He could be a retired army general like Sarkhi Mukhtar, Yar’Adua’s NSA, or any other reliable, competent northern or Kanuri military youth, or even a current Civilian-JTF leader. Give him his choice of security personnel, from the army, weapon trained and armed Civilian-JTF and any other type of security tools he needs. Put him in charge of directing all affairs of the states, including sentencing politicians and sponsors to prison or death, and the control of security and budget disbursement, especially utility of the security vote; and let him end the crises plaguing and embarrassing the northeast once and for all.

-  Naij.com

 

SOME MILITARY PERSONEL WORKS WITH BOKO HARAM TO FIGHT NIGERIA

A soldier has revealed that he witnessed incidents that suggested some military chiefs in Nigeria are working with the dreaded Boko Haram sect to wreck havoc in Nigeria’s North-East.

The soldier also told the Voice of America Hausa Service how his military unit in Borno State was ambushed by Boko Haram members.

He said the commander of a nearby military unit in Bama recently sought assistance from his unit in carrying out a raid. The soldier said when the two military units joined up, they were given different uniforms. The Bama unit commander, according to him, gave his own troops green uniforms while his unit received tan “desert camouflage” uniforms. 

When the troops reached the battle area, the soldier said the commander of the better-equipped Bama unit suddenly withdrew his forces, leaving the remaining troops to fend for themselves against Boko Haram fighters.

Making further revelations, the soldier said:

 
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“We had only light arms and our men were being picked off one after the other,” he spoke in Hausa.

The soldier said he recognised some of the Boko Haram fighters as his former military trainers in Kontagora, a town near Abuja. “We realised that some of them were actually mercenaries from the Nigerian army… hired to fight us,” he said.

The soldier also claimed that many of his colleagues were deserting the army because of their frustrations with what he said was the politicisation of the fight against the militants.

“I swear by Allah, there are soldiers who are coming out of the forest after they were abandoned; several of them dropped their weapons and just went home. There were more than 20 of them from this battalion in Kwanduga. Even me that is talking to you now, I am preparing to leave. I just want to tell the world so that they will know what is happening. These people are doing this secretly,” he said.

He also claimed that there was a deliberate attempt to further impoverish the North preparatory to the 2015 general elections.

10,000 soldiers not in Maiduguri
The soldier dismissed claims that there were up to 10,000 troops in Maiduguri. He added, “I swear, even now, there are boys in the forest where we are coming out from.

“They (Army) keep saying they are sending soldiers, it’s a lie. They claim that there are 10,000 soldiers in Maiduguri but it is a lie. If we have 10,000 soldiers, Boko Haram would have ended. How many members does Boko Haram have?”

Soldier fighting for B’Haram killed
The soldier’s claim seemed to have been corroborated as a lance corporal has been killed by Special Forces during an encounter with insurgents in Borno State. It was learnt on Sunday that the military high command was investigating soldiers suspected to be involved in conducts that could compromise national security.

The lance corporal was said to have been killed while assisting in the training of Boko Haram fighters.

Investigations revealed that the soldier was ‘competent’ and trusted enough to be a trainer of Special Forces at the Nigerian Army Training Centre, Kontagora.

One of the soldiers who took part in the operation recognised the body of the lance corporal who dressed in military camouflage. The soldier was said to have called the attention of his commander to his discovery that one of the corpses was that of a soldier well known to him as a trainer of special forces in Kotangora.

It was learnt the commander ordered a search on the body of the lance corporal and a current pass permitting him to leave his location at the training centre in Kontagora was found on him.

A top source said, “A soldier who trains Special Forces at the Nigerian Army Training Centre in Kontagora, Niger State, was among those who were killed. The man was not among the Special Forces; he was obviously leading the attack for the insurgents but he got killed.”

But Surprisingly:

When Punch contacted the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, he said he did not believe that the person who granted the interview to VOA was a soldier of the Nigerian Army. He said that the person claiming to be a soldier could be an insurgent trying to create a false impression to promote the activities of Boko Haram.

He said, “The person that granted that interview on the VOA; we believe he is not a soldier, he could just be one of those simulated on the other side to give some false impression to support the insurgents.”

Anyway, those who know are insisting there is deliberate plot to turn the North into a battle field ahead 2015.

 

HIV-Positive Man Beats WifeTo Death For Denying Him Sex

HIV-Positive Man Beats WifeTo Death For Denying Him Sex

2 April, 2014

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A man suspected to be infected with HIV has allegedly beaten his wife to death in Plateau State, northcentral Nigeria.HIV Infected Man Kills Wife For Denying Him Sex

The man identified as Benjamin Toma has been arrested after the incident which happened recently.

Plateau State Police Commissioner Chris Olakpe, who confirmed the incident, told journalists on Tuesday that Toma beat his wife to death and later hanged her body to cover up the criminal act.

According to the state police boss, Chuwang Sambo of Larwa village in Heipang District of Barkin Ladi Local Government, reported to the police that Toma of Foron junction, also in Barkin Ladi, beat his wife, Victoria aged 25, to death and later hanged her body.

Olakpe further stated that “the reason for his action was as a result of his wife’s refusal to summit herself to sexual intercourse.”

A source close to the couple said Victoria consistently denied Toma sex because he had contracted the dreaded HIV disease.

Olakpe said the suspect will soon appear in court after the conclusion of investigation.

-  Naij

 

Just a few months before Rio de Janeiro welcomes visitors for the World Cup, and two years before it hosts the Olympics, security within the city remains a major issue.
The government currently promotes the policy of “pacification”, where security forces engage in raids, drug busts, and even gunfights with suspected gang members. This pacification policy is supposed to pave the way for the development of long-neglected favelas in Rio, Brazil’s second-biggest city and home to 11 million people.
Rio’s government has established the Pacifying Police Unit, a military police team with the intent of establishing security and diminishing criminality with force.
These police units stand at the centre of Rio Governor Sergio Cabral Filho’s security strategy. They have set up permanent stations in the working class areas or favelas in order to conduct routine patrols and to be able to quickly respond to gang activity, such as Comando Vermelho and Amigos dos Amigos (ADA), two large and often violent criminal organisations. There are now approximately 34 Pacifying Police Units in Rio, controlling more than 100 favelas where hundreds of thousands reside.
However, many of the favelas remain in the hands of an army of drug dealers and criminals who are not willing to step down or be pacified.

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Members of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) stand guard while children play on top of the Macaco favela in northern Rio de Janeiro.

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Marx and Chaves, two UPP patrol leaders, talk to locals about criminial activity in the favelas.

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While on patrol, each member of the unit is trained to look for suspicious activity and to provide cover for the other members.

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A child watches an UPP unit as they patrol a favela.

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Patrol leaders Damaso and Marx observe suspicious activity from a distance. UPP aggresively responds to suspected gang activity, which have led to shootouts.

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A gang member, also known asa ‘trafficante’, poses with his weapons in one of the many non-pacified favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

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Gang members and drug dealers pose along the perimeter of their turf in order to stop the entry of security officials and members of rival gangs.

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A drug dealer with the ADA gang counts money from a drug transaction. Cocaine and crack are the most popular drugs within the favelas.

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Chaves, a member of the police unit, pats down a suspect for drugs.

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UPP members frisk suspected drug dealers and gang members in the Macaco favela.

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Members of a family relax outside their home in Rocinha, a favela that’s home to the ADA gang.

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A desolated street in a favela. UPP operates in favelas that have not paid for public utilities. These favelas instead, give money to the controlling criminal organisations, leading to widespread tax evasion.

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A view of the Rochinha favela – one of the few pacified communities in Rio de Janeiro.

- Al Jazeera

 

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SSS Interrogating Boko Haram Suspects After Failed Rescue Attempt

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After last Sunday failed attack by Boko Haram, The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) are busy trying to find out if external collaborators were involved.
After the attempted jailbreak at the Abuja SSS facility, some suspects who where immediately arrested has been released after they presented valid identification cards which proved they were civilian passers-by.
A source in the SSS states that they are actively interrogating some suspects who where arrested. He said: “We are de-briefing all the detainees to determine how the plot was hatched and if external collaborators were involved. “We may also look into the likelihood of internal collaboration, although the strict system of recruitment might make it impossible. This is the only service that conducts serious security checks before employing its operatives. “What we are doing involves interaction with these detainees by a team of officials, who have been mandated to dig deeper into the foiled jailbreak.”
As for the Board of Inquiry proposed by Jonathan, the source said its normal and after such event it was expected.
He revealed: “It is a routine thing in a crisis situation like this; it is not an indictment of the SSS. It is also not prejudicial to any internal investigation of the jailbreak by the SSS. “The audacity of the Boko Haram detainees accounted for the Board of Inquiry option so as to prevent a reoccurrence in any security agency or military facility.
“Beyond the outcome of SSS investigation into the incident, the Board, which may comprise sister agencies, is to examine all particulars concerned with any event or challenge.” Regarding the intervention of soldiers at the SSS facility, the source said: “The fact is that there is a new security framework in place to promote inter-agency cooperation.
“Once there is any challenge in any military formation or security agency, the new framework will trigger alarm for Rapid Response by other sister agencies. “The soldiers merely responded to this alarm on Sunday by coming to the SSS headquarters.
This is the technical or security justification for soldiers’ intervention. It is not as if the SSS was incapable of managing the situation. There were indications last night that some suspects around the SSS headquarters, who were arrested in Abuja on Sunday, have been released based on the service’s respect for human rights.

-   Naij.com

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